Demand seeks to fulfill needs through our power over others. Demand leaves no room for choice by the other person; therefore, the love we receive is forced and can’t be given from the heart of the other person. Love is always a gift given freely without merit. Demanding people expose a distrustful, wounded heart. They believe that no one could truly love them for themselves.
Expectation is a desire to live in hope and yet a willingness to hear, “No.” Expectant people tell the truth, make choices, and trust others and themselves. People of expectation understand that God is not demanding, but is highly expectant. They understand that God does not wish for their subordination, but that He desires the surrender of their hearts.
This Glossary of Heart presents a daily choice for us. The first option keeps us where we are. The second option takes us on a journey into our hearts. It’s the hardest yet most courageous choice we can make. I hope you take the risk.